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Audiovisual & Media Services Policy (Unit I.1)

Audiovisual & Media Services Policy (Unit I.1)

European News Media Forum on Safety of Journalists

As announced in the European Democracy Action Plan, the Commission will adopt this year a Recommendation to the Member States on safety of journalists. To gather input for the Recommendation, the Commission is organising a structured dialogue within the European News Media Forum on 23-25 March 2021. The Forum will be attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including journalists and their associations, news media companies, representatives of media councils, as well as representatives of the Member States and their regulatory authorities.

 
Study on media plurality and diversity online

The main objective of this study is to provide the Commission, member states and national regulators with elements to support the analysis of media plurality and diversity issues as well as the suitability of the current media-specific rules to safeguard media freedom and pluralism.

 
Study on the implementation of the new provisions in the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

The study focuses on three areas, corresponding to regulatory novelties of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD): video-sharing platforms (VSPs) media ownership rules and transparency, and overlays in audiovisual media services. For these areas, the study analyses market developments, business practices and technical approaches as well as legislative trends, including co- and self-regulatory initiatives. It covers the EU Member States and the UK, and includes case studies from Canada and the US (Study reference: SMART 2018/006)

 
European Democracy Action Plan: making EU democracies stronger

The European Commission has presented this week its European Democracy Action Plan to empower citizens and build more resilient democracies across the EU. Standing up to challenges to our democratic systems from rising extremism and perceived distance between people and politicians, the Action Plan sets out measures to promote free and fair elections, strengthen media freedom and counter disinformation.

 
Audiovisual Media: Commission opens infringement procedures against 23 Member States for failing to transpose the Directive on audiovisual content

The European Commission has launched infringement procedures against 23 Member States and the United Kingdom for failing to enact the new rules governing EU-wide coordination of all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services, and video-sharing platforms. These new EU rules aim to create a regulatory framework fit for the digital age, leading to a safer, fairer and more diverse audiovisual landscape.

 
Media freedom and pluralism: EU finances projects in support of cross-border cooperation in the field of media

The EU-funded project, Stars4Media, supported by €1.2 million worth of EU funds, selected 21 Initiatives involving 105 media professionals in 17 countries to accelerate innovation and increase cross-border coverage. The EU also supports the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) project with €1.5 million, which has recently awarded €75,000 to 10 ongoing cross-border investigations, ranging from the dangers of disinformation during the coronavirus crisis to the practice of online gaming and betting platforms.